Photo by Sonjaartisania
This dark charm pack was a challenge for me because it is not a palette I would typically work with. I asked my design-ie buddy Berene if she would like to combine her pack with mine and make a relief quilt that we could send to Japan. Many, many inspiration photos were then emailed back and forth. We discussed suitable symbols of hope and resurrection, as well as superstitions or colours to avoid. Initially we considered trying to incorporate a spiral into the design, but ultimately we decided that in the interest of time, we would keep things simple. We've only got 16 more days to get our quilt to Calgary in time for the massive shipment to Japan. Take a look at the Quilts for Japan website and be amazed at the generosity of quilters!! I'm so proud of my other guild - you'll see that as a group, the Lions Gate Quilters Guild along with our LQS donated NINETY-FIVE quilts!
Using Malka's sewing machine cover from her book Fresh Sewing as inspiration, we bordered all 86 charm squares with 1 1/2" of Kona Celery on two adjacent sides. Six squares were left out of our final 8 x 10 layout, but there is at least one square of all 43 colours included - I promise! Berene and I shared the piecing work yesterday at my Mom's Crafting Day retreat. I got the 2 1/2" borders on today and I really like how the dark-coloured squares float off the background. There is an interesting optical illusion of the squares being set askew, but actually everything is squared and at right angles! I'm really happy with the west-coasty sunset vibe this layout has. Thank you Marsha for the use of your portable design wall!
The quilt will finish up about 48" x 60".
Now, to piece the back and decide on some quilting! Do you think we should bind it in the celery, or charcoal for a frame?